Historic Lewiston theater condemned

Historic Lewiston theater condemned

A historic theater building in Idaho has been condemned and a section of street closed after city officials said the building was at risk of collapsing.

Theater volunteers removed lights, framed posters, T-shirts and photos from the Lewiston Civic Theatre’s Normal Hill building on Wednesday. The doors were locked by early afternoon.

Shelly Renzelman, president of the theater, says an employee was investigating a water drip and discovered that one of the six wooden trusses in the attic seemed to be broken.  The theater contacted a construction company, which advised them the building was at risk of collapsing.

The 1907 structure is a former Methodist Episcopal Church and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.